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Bennett Muraskin  Viewpoints: Free Higher Education
is a frequent contributor and author of Let Justice Well Up Like Water: Progressive Jews from Hillel to Helen Suzman mentions www.freehighered.org a campaign of the
US Labor Party and the Debs-Jones-Douglass Institute which advocates for free tuition at all public colleges and universities.

Miles Rapoport
Fair Elections? Maybe Next Time

is President of Demos a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving democracy.

Lawrence Bush
What We Face: Thoughts on the Struggle to Reassert Liberal Values in Defiance of the Christian Right and the Corporate Empire

is editor of Jewish Currents and co-author of Jews, Money and Social Responsibility. He mentions these organizations fighting for liberal religious values:
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C. and
The Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility.

Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Religion and Skepticism: Can Secularism Save Jewish Religion

is executive director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association and editor of
The Reconstructionist Journal.

Gerald Sorin
Irving Howe and Secular Jewishness: Socialism, Zionism, and Jewish Identity is the
Director of the Louis and Mildred Resnick Institute of the Study of Modern Jewish Life.

Joseph Dimow
Inside the Jewish Community: Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: Supporting the Peace Process

July-August 2005

Esther Kaplan (link to her website): ("The Christian Right and the Jewish Left") is author of With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House") published by the New Press. For ten years, she has been co-host of "Beyond the Pale", a weekly radio program covering Jewish culture and politics on WBAI/New York(this is the WBAI Link)

Ilya Altman (interviewed)
Nurturing Holocaust Studies in the Former Soviet Union

Altman is Director of the Center for Holocaust Research and Education in Moscow.

September-October 2005

Dr. Carolyn Goodman interviewed by Henry Foner
A Verdict, at Last, in Mississipp
i
was interviewed by
Radio WNYC interview
The Andrew Goodman Foundation.

November-December 2005

Editorial (“Racism as the Real Disaster Area”)
See the website of the
National Urban League and its “Katrina Bill of Rights.”

Just Say Maybe
A Discussion about Psychedelic Drugs, Healing and Politics") Panelists were:

Dr. Rick Doblin, founder and President of
The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) assists scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of MDMA. The website includes current links to articles on this subject, including Jewish Currents.

Dr. Charles S. Grob, author of
Deconstructing Ecstasy: The Politics of MDMA Research (PDF) is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor UCLA Medical Center and founding board member of the Heffter Research Institute, devoted to fostering and funding research on psychedelics. He is the author of a new book Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics.

Dr. Julie Holland, is a board-certified psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital in New York and editor of
Ecstasy: the complete guide: a comprehensive look at the risks and benefits of MDMA (2001)

Howard Lotsof, advocate of the anti-addictive effects of ibogaine. President of the Dora Weiner Foundation; had been President of NDA International, a company deeply involved in the FDA regulatory development of ibogaine.
Also see
The Drug Policy Alliance promoting alternatives to the war on drugs.

Lawrence Bush (see photo), editor of Jewish Currents has written on the subject: Psychedelic Drugs and Jewish Spirituality in Jewish Currents  March - April 2003. As well as in the Best Jewish Writing of 2003 from Altered States: Drugs and Jewish Spirituality That Was Then, This Is Now, an article in the May/June 1999 issue of Tikkun available with a paid subscription to Tikkun's archives.

Workmen's Circle resolution on “Drug Decriminalization. (PDF)

Emily Compton ("Viewpoints: The Changing Meaning of Street Demonstrations: Protecting First-Amendment Rights”) mentions the website
Critical Mass which is not an organization; it's an unorganized coincidence. It's a movement ... of bicycles, in the streets. What you'll find here is a catalog of links to hundreds of Critical Mass web sites around the world -- including other catalogs. Ms Compton is a National Lawyer’s Guild Legal Observer, NLG is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. The site explains how to be a legal observer.

Rokhl Kafrissen ("A Jewish Cultural Manifesto") a busy woman with no time for nostalgia explains her point of view on her blog The Rootless Cosmopolitan and of course in her Jewish Currents column.

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